|CONDUIT GALLERY // DEC02 // 6-8PM
1626 C Hi Line Drive. Dallas, TX 75207 214.939.0064
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM
New Paintings/Sketches 1997-2007
December 2, 2017 - January 6, 2018
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|VINCENT FALSETTA New Paintings/Sketches 1997‐2007
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Vincent Falsetta: New Paintings.
Using brushes, cardboard, spreaders, palette knives and dry wall spatulas to achieve a rich,
carved and grooved texture, Vincent Falsetta achieves virtuosic abstract paintings that cascade
in and out of multi‐colored striations of paint. While each painting is at first glance a spontaneous
composition, there is an underlying grid pattern that determines the movement of paint (and the
viewer’s eye) across the canvas. The paintings, though distinctly abstract, tend to suggest waves
of sound, water, light or seismic activity. There is a feeling of a steady electric flow, somewhat like
a visual electro‐magnetic field that pulls the eye in every direction simultaneously.
The exhibition will include both large scale paintings on canvas painted within the past two
years as well as an installation of small studies that date from 1997‐2007. Painted on a variety
of substrates, the preliminary studies show the evolution of Falsetta’s use of color, gesture and
composition and how Falsetta traverses and masters controlled chaos.
This will be the ninth solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery for the well‐known Texas artist. He
earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art in 1974. From 1978 to May
2017, Falsetta taught Studio Art at the University of North Texas in Denton while maintaining
a continual exhibition record. He is represented in the permanent collections of: The Philadelphia
Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; Art Museum of
South Texas, Beaumont, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute,
IN and Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX.
JEFF BAKER Gridlocked
Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of work by Jeff Baker: Gridlocked.
Walking the streets of New York City with his camera, Jeff Baker set himself to the task of
documenting the Lower East Side of Manhattan and telling its story as told through the
layered wash of the brick walls, backdoors and entryways. As noted by Baker, “I wanted
the prints to exude the vibrancy and voice of the conversations plastered on the city’s
doors and brick facades.”
In his second exhibition at Conduit Gallery, while exploring the same locations, Baker has
turned his attention to the more abstract moments, appropriating less graphic content and
focusing on the patterns, colors and compositions between the easily recognizable.
With a photographic approach akin to genre painters, Baker notes, “Several of the images
presented here address daily absurdities, such as the use of netting at construction sites as
a barrier from steel I‐beams that might come crashing down on unsuspecting passersby.
There are even multiple layers of different types of netting material at these sites, as if one type
prevents I‐beam accidents while another is more successful in stopping … oh, let’s say …a
construction crane. My partner Catherine used the term “optical interference” to describe
these plastic veils protecting the resident from the inanimate dangers they are faced within
the urban jungle.
I now live in Taos, as far removed from urban life as I’ve ever been; home to awe inspiring
natural beauty as well as early American Modernism, and also home to the late artist Agnes
Martin, who applied the grid for the sense of precision, structure and order she found as a
panacea to her bouts of schizophrenia. Whatever the implications, I’m truly enjoying this
process, and while the content is evolving, what remains constant is the obsession with
contemporary printing processes and the ability to produce a vitally dynamic image,
something that makes one feel they can pull the image off the printed sheet, or just
dive into it. A long time commercial photographer, this exhibition is Baker’s second at
Conduit Gallery. Jeff Baker lives and works in Taos, New Mexico.